Mrs Kim Turudia1, Mr Paul Richards2
1Deakin University, Burwood, Australia, 2Bupa, Melbourne, Australia
There is growing number of academic institutions focussed on both the life education as well as the academic opportunity they provide for their International Students.
This strategy is based on indicators that students receiving proactive and ongoing support of physical and psychological health factors during their study are more satisfied, capable and committed to completing their study program.
Apart from this being of direct benefit to individuals who have travelled thousands of kilometres, often for their first time out of home, the propensity for institutions to understand, educate and support students achieve optimal physical and mental health can also create a tremendous affirmation of the ‘student experience’ as a differentiated factor from which future students may weigh their decision on a preferred academic destination.
The presentation will provide an outline of the model and success factors that need to be considered in the design and management of international student health programs and provide a case study of an institution achieving measurable improvements through its collaboration with an aligned health partner.
The discussion will cover how to assess which health risks are most prevalent across the student population, which solutions are most effective across a geographically and culturally diverse cohorts as what to do to ensure participation in initiatives to achieve the intended impact.
A practical example will be provided on the development and application of a Student Health Review that has been created to establish a foundation from which students can assess and consider the health risks that may affect their current and future well-being and its potential to impact their study.
Paul Richards – Head of Work and Student Health
Paul Richards is Head of Work & Student Health for Bupa Australia and is assisting the company transform to a total health and care business. Previously Paul has been responsible for setting and managing the achievement business and functional strategies across a range of national and multinational companies as well as lecturing across a range of University courses. He has previously held Senior Executive roles in Health, Safety & Wellbeing, HR, IT, Quality, Environment and Sales across Finance, Insurance, Aviation, Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Manufacturing industries. Paul has a Masters Degree and PhD in Organisational Development. Paul is passionate about initiatives that achieve stronger outcomes for organisations and institutions through helping individuals optimise their physical and psychological health.
Kim Turudia – Medical Services Practice Manager, Deakin University.
Kim has been the Medical Services Practice Manager at Deakin University for approximately 7 years, prior to this she worked as a Business and Practice manager for a number of healthcare businesses including General Surgical practice, Women’s Imaging, Occupational Medicine, Allied Health, EAP services and general practice. She was a finalist for the Victorian Practice Manager of the Year in 2014 and has received two Vice Chancellors Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student and/or Staff Health and Wellbeing. Kim loves the challenges of delvering healthcare in a University setting. She completed her MBA at Deakin university focusing her electives on Leadership and Organisational Change. Kim is currently the Convenor of Higher Education Health Providers Professional Focus Group for ANZSSA. In May 2017 Kim was awarded a Vice Chancellors Professional Development Award to attend the American College Health Association Conference in Austin, Texas which provided an incredible opportunity to her.